The FOUNDATIONS Certificate in Ministry is a one-year program of courses offered in
partnership with Central Baptist Theological Seminary (www.cbts.edu), Shawnee, Kansas, and
Third Baptist Church (www.third-baptist.org), St. Louis, Missouri. Partial funding has been
provided by a legacy from what was formerly the Des Peres Baptist Church. FOUNDATIONS
is a broad and rapid introduction to the basics of ministry for those who serve as leaders in
congregations and want to enhance their ministry skills or those who are interested in serving
their church and want to improve their theological knowledge.
Interested persons may take courses in St. Louis beginning in January 2012 and complete the
certificate by October 2012. The ten courses will be offered once a month for $50 per course
– a total of $500 for all ten courses (textbooks are extra). Students may take a single course or
the entire rotation. The deadline to register for the first course is December 3, 2011.
Subjects covered in the courses include biblical studies, pastoral arts, missional church studies,
administration, ethics, Christian heritage, and Baptist polity, among others. They will be
offered Friday evening and all day on Saturdays at Third Baptist Church, 620 N. Grand, St. Louis,